Postseason seeding coming into focus
Sky-Hi News sports correspondent
Grand County CO Colorado
With two games to play in the regular season, the postseason plans for West Grand High School athletes are coming into focus.
In boys basketball, there a number of scenarios that could unfold for the Mustangs. This weekend, they host North Park on Friday night and Meeker on Saturday. By the time the boys tip off on Saturday, they will know what is at stake. It is most likely they will be hosting a game on Tuesday, Feb. 21 to qualify for the district tournament in Kremmling on Feb. 24-25. The opponent will be determined during this final weekend of regular season games.
The girls know they will be traveling next Tuesday, they just don’t know their destination. It appears that Rangely or Meeker are the most likely destinations.
Daniel Terwilliger, West Grand grappler, knows he will be traveling to Denver this weekend to compete at the state tournament.
Terwilliger, a sophomore wrestling at 120 pounds, took third place at the Class 2A Western Region and will square off on Thursday in the first round of the state tournament. Coach Jeff Matney said Terwilliger has been coming on strong this season and did very well at the regional tournament.
At the regional tournament, freshman Cole Tracy took fifth place and just missed going to the state tournament by losing a wrestle-off competition to a wrestler from North Park High School.
Austin Faeth, a sophomore competing at 126 pounds, was unable to secure a place at regionals. He entered the competition leading the team in wins with a winning percentage over 65 percent and ranked 16th in the state. “I worked hard all season and I felt good about competing, but it was a disappointing ending,” Faeth said.
Looking toward next season, the Mustangs will be losing Landon Schneider, Max Wall and Michael Lengel.
The girls team earned a varsity victory over Buena Vista, 45-35, before losing to Hayden, 72-31.
In the victory over Buena Vista, Chyenne Sims led the team in scoring with 11 points, while Hannah Howell scored 10 points, Kira Stone scored 7 points and Laura Billington and Kristina Ekren added 6 points apiece.
Against Hayden, Howell played perhaps her best game, said Coach Sarah Mortensen, and scored 17 points. Sims scored four points while Billington and Stone each notched a three-pointer.
In the game against Hayden last Saturday, the boys got behind early and just couldn’t make up the difference, despite outscoring the Tigers in the final frame. In the 61-55 loss, Travis Gore led the team in scoring with 13 points, Casey Gore scored 9, Zach Ahrens added 7 points while Dillon Willson and Reno Davidson each scored 6 points. Travis Gore also led the team in rebounds with 13 and in assists with 4.
In the victory over Vail Mountain, the Mustangs scored 74 points in an impressive offensive display of firepower. Travis Gore scored 16 points while Dillon Willson had a season high 11 points. Also hitting the scoring column for the Mustangs were Evan Petras (9), Leo Pesch (8), Ahrens (7) and Nick Ritschard (7) and Coleman Springer (6).
Travis Gore again led the team in rebounds with 11 and in assists with five, while Ahrens snared 8 caroms and Ritschard was credited with three assists.
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